I'm pleased to introduce a new body of work titled “Sticks and Stones.”


This series began as a lament over the deterioration in the tone of public discourse in our nation, but it evolved into a broader exploration of the impact – for good and for ill – of words within all expressions of human relationship. 


Work on the series has included a search for quotes, from scripture and beyond, that invite reflection on the power words have to shape attitudes and provoke action, on the responsibility we have to steward that power with compassion and care, and on the realization that even our most casual uses of words can and do affect others in profound and enduring ways.


Sticks and stones may break my bones,

but words can never hurt me.


While this adage, burned into our psyches from a young age, may be a catchy phrase, it simply does not ring true. In every season and circumstance, how we use words matters deeply.


Work on this collection began by collaging repurposed paper (bibles, hymnals, magazines, dictionary pages, maps, etc.) to form a background that was then painted in such a way that visibilty of the papers are faintly visible. I then added images of sticks and stones, relevant quotations, charcoal accents, and paint splatters. Exploring new materials, techniques, and styles was fruitful and gratifying. This work was created using a collage technique that begins with has not only led me to explore a new thematic emphasis but has also prompted me to explore new materials, processes, and styles. This fruitful and gratifying work is informing future explorations.


Sticks and Stones will first be exhibited December 1-31, 2022, in the gallery at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. If you are in the area, I hope you’ll stop by to view the work. If you’re not, click HERE for some sense of what you’ll be missing.


I've been exploring some additional techniques and processes in conjunction with my participation in a four-week "Backgrounds and Textures” workshop offered online by Jane Dunnewold for more than 300 of her fans around the globe. 


Although I’m a 2009 graduate of Jane’s two-year Artcloth Mastery Program in San Antonio, I’d forgotten how much instruction this powerhouse artist and educator can cram into a relative short span of time. I also hadn’t realized that spending 8-10 hours in the studio day after day would be so much more challenging now than it was 13 years ago. Fortunately, the challenge has been wonderfully stimulating, and my creative arsenal has expanded to include a wide array of new-to-me tools, materials, and processes. 


I’m pleased to be involved in the planning of Roads to Reconciliation, a juried exhibition that will feature work by Indiana artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC), as well as artists from my home congregation, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. Work selected for inclusion in the exhibition will be displayed in the Parish Hall August 13 – 28, 2022.

I’m also honored to serve as a juror for the exhibition, along with: Stephanie Lewis Robertson, Program Chair for Fine Arts at Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana region, who holds an MFA (1994, University of Georgia) and a BFA (1981, Miami University) in Fabric Design, is a teaching artist with Arts for Learning of Indiana and a regional community arts advocate. Anthony Radford is an artist and arts educator who for many years headed the Art Reach program at the Indianapolis Art Center and in 1988 founded the annual “Meet the Artists” exhibition at the Central Indianapolis Public Library (now one of the largest exhibitions in the Midwest). Both Stephanie and Anthony have a passion for advancing the work of talented BIPOC artists living, working, and creating in Indiana.


The opening event for the Roads to Reconciliation exhibition is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, following the congregation’s annual commemoration of Jonathan Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist who was murdered on August 20, 1965, in Haynesville, Ala., while shielding 17-year-old Ruby Sales from a shotgun-wielding special county deputy.

The Roads to Reconciliation exhibition complements the ongoing work of the congregation’s Dismantling Racism Team, which included a June pilgrimage to the National Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.; the Legacy and Justice Museum in Montgomery, Ala., and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, also in Montgomery. The exhibition and pilgrimage reflect the congregation’s ongoing commitment to dismantling racism in ourselves and our community.



I’m delighted to have my work, “Breaking Dawn," included in the 2022 Sacred Threads exhibition, July 14-24, at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, VA. My work was also selected for inclusion in the 40-piece Sacred Threads traveling collection, which is scheduled to tour to venues through 2024.

Learn more about Sacred Threads HERE.



I’m pleased that my work, “Seasons: The Cycle of Life,” will be included in Cradle to Grave, an invitational exhibition at the Korean Fiber Forum, in the Suwon Museum at Art Space Gwanggyo.

My work uses Korean script, known as hangul, to depict the four seasons of nature. Reflecting a palette of colors traditionally associated with life and death, the work features elements created using hanji, a technique for manipulating paper to achieve a cloth-like consistency. I'm grateful to the Rev. David Susan, who assisted me in envisioning a design consistent with the theme and respectful of Korean culture.

After the exhibition concludes in South Korea, the work will be exhibited by the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists at a venue to be determined.



The Center for Church Music is pleased to announce that the 2022 William Wolfram Award for Liturgical Art has been presented to Natalie Grady. Please visit the CCM website for information about this $1,000 biennial award presented to artists currently enrolled in Lutheran colleges, universities, and seminaries in the U.S.


I recently had the privilege of interviewing artist Scott Parsons, whose magnificent work includes numerous stained glass and mosaic commissions for church communities. You may view the interview HERE


Sacrament and Image

An Online Exhibition

The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts

Stories from the Road

An Online Exhibition

The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts


Sacred Threads

July 14-24, 2022

Floris United Methodist Church

13600 Frying Pan Road

Herndon, VA 20171


Roads to Reconciliation

August 13 – 28, 2022

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

1402 West Main Street, Carmel, IN 46032


Sacred Threads

August - September, 2022

HeART Gallery

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

428 North Erie

Downtown Toledo, OH

Toledo, OH 43604


Cradle to Grave

Korea Fiber Art Forum

September 21-27, 2022

Suwon Museum of Art,

Art Space Gwanggyo


Envisioning the Word

Solo Exhibition

September – November 2022

First Presbyterian Church

746 S. Saginaw St.

Flint, MI 48502


Sacred Threads

October – November 2022

West Raleigh Presbyterian Church

27 Horne Street

Raleigh, NC 27607


Sticks and Stones

Solo Exhibition

December 2022

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

100 West 86th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46260 

Sacred Threads

December 2022 - February 2023

First Presbyterian Church

746 S. Saginaw St.

Flint, MI 48502

Sacred Threads

April 2023

Best of the Valley Quilt Show

365 North Sweet Brier

Lindsay, CA 93247


Sacred Threads

June - July 2023

McClure Archives and University Museum

University of Central Missouri

Kirkpatrick Library 1470

Warrensburg, MO 64093


Sacred Threads

March 2023

Carteret County Public Library

Newport Branch

210 Howard Blvd.

Newport, NC 28570


Sacred Threads

October 2023

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

495 Herbert Hills Drive

Hayesville, NC 28904


Sacred Threads

January - March 2024

Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum

306 Bradley Street, Suite C

Carrollton, GA 30117


Sacred Threads

April 2024

Evergreen Quilt Guild Show

Greenbay, WI

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